“It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness. With sadness there is something to rub against, a wound to attend with lotion and cloth. When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up, something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change. But happiness floats. It doesn’t need you to hold it down. It doesn’t need anything… Since there is no place large enough to contain so much happiness, you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you into everything you touch. You are not responsible. You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit for the moon but continues to hold it, and share it, and in that way, be known.”
– Naomi Shihab Nye
Enjoy this extra long link love to make up for my hiatus lately!
- How to say NO with grace.
- Every Exhibition Held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from 1929 to present can be viewed on this new website.
- This enormous pop-up book commissioned from artist James Gulliver Hancock by ACU University is so much fun.
- I'm absolutely fascinated with this isolated island near Yemen that boasts strange plant life that is deemed "the most alien-looking place on earth".
- This Taiwanese educator uses his insanely good illustrative skills to teach anatomy to his students.
- Who pays illustrators and how much?
- I'm obsessed with this death head moth enamel pin by artist Beryllium Chanel.
- This heat sensitive edition of Fahrenheit 451 can only be read by flame.
- Motoi Yamamoto's intricate salt art mazes are incredible.
- The best art book gifts (according to artists!)
- Japanese artist Kiyomi creates the most amazing dollhouse miniatures by hand.
- These five artists will help you better understand American immigration.
- 100 questions to spark conversation.
- Artist uses 100,000 banned books to build a full-size Parthenon at historic Nazi book burning site.
- This article on Racial Imposter Syndrome is an interesting read - especially if you also have a mixed race or multicultural background.
- Have you heard of the wartime spies who used knitting as an espionage tool? Fascinating read.
- I just love artist Ronit Baranga's disturbing anatomical dish-ware. So deviously fun!
- This art museum hired a neuroscientist to change the way we look at art.
- After three decades at peace, Salvador Dali's body is ordered to be exhumed to satisfy a paternity case.
- If you're also a self-professed bibliophile, you'll probably want this playful book chair, too.
I've begun a new personal series of creatives who inspire me. Poet Warsan Shire, Poet Rupi Kaur, and Artist Frida Kahlo are my first renditions. These women all inspire me on a level that is all-encompassing; their work stands for itself and is extraordinary, but I love their sense of activism, challenging ignorance and complacency, and making something meaningful from pain and turmoil.
Who inspires you?